JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Northeast Arkansans for Animals (NAFA) is hosting a low-cost microchip clinic to protect pets from a growing 'pet-flipping' trend, according to local animal activists.
Pet-flipping occurs when a pet is stolen from its owner, or a lost animal is falsely claimed then sold for profit.
NAFA Executive Director Wannda Turner says each week five to 10 pets are reported lost and only one or two of the animals are ever returned to their owners.
"The Internet has made it really easy, and sadly enough, very dangerous for the animals for people to steal, pick up or even get for free animals, and then turn around and either sell them to individuals for whatever reason. We have investigated sales of kittens for snake food, puppies for dog bite bait," Turner said.
The clinic will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at Jonesboro Animal Control on Highland from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
An ID number from the implanted microchip is registered in a database. Jonesboro Police Department Animal Control Sgt. Larry Rogers says the internal tracker provides quick answers about lost or stolen pets when unidentified animals with a chip are scanned.
"Pets used to be tattooed or marked with a notch or something in their ear. Now with microchipping, it's surgically implanted. It's the size of a rice chip between the shoulder blades," he said. "If there's a dispute between you and someone else about this dog belonging to you, then if it's chipped (the animal control officer will) bring the microscanner. We'll scan it, then we'll see."
Turner says the procedure is minimally painful. "(The procedure) does not hurt. I've actually stuck myself to see."
The $20 will cover a microchip any furry family member.
"We've microchipped cats. We've microchipped guinea pigs, anything that you're worried about either losing or somebody taking," Turner said.
Dr. Jack Jones will provide pets with the microchip implants and $10 rabies shots.
Jonesboro Animal Control will host Safer Community Fun Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the animal control facility.
The event is free and features several free activities and giveaways for children and pets:
- Hot dogs/ Drink/ Cookies
- Dog Treats and Dog Bandanas
- Pet Lost and Found Kits
- Disaster Kit Information
- Emergency Pet Window Stickers
- Kids ID Information
- Paw Print Temporary Tattoos
- Bite Prevention and Safety Information
- Finger Painting
- Animal Control facility tours
- Canine Temperament Evaluation